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Men are more likely to exaggerate the amount of people who they've had sex with — sometimes up to twice as much.
Statistically, this gender gap shouldn't be as wide as it is.
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A new study points to some of the possible reasons for the disparity.
For example, men are more likely to "estimate" their number, while women are more precise.
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There are also social stigmas at play, such as the fear of being "sex shamed."
At some point in a relationship, you might be asked how many sexual partners you've had. It's completely up to you if you want to divulge this information, but it's one of those awkward questions that may come up.
But don't expect an honest answer.
As pointed out in a new study published in The Journal of Sex Research , the average number of opposite-sex partners men and women report should be equal — but they're not. In all surveys, men report more.
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The new study, led by Kirstin Mitchell at the University of Glasgow, looked into some of the possible reasons for this supposed "gender gap" between the numbers men and women report. They assessed the data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles — a survey of over 15,000 Brits age 16 to 74 — which revealed men said they'd had an average of 14 female sexual partners, and women said they'd had seven male partners.
Men at the top end of the scale reported 110 or more partners, while women reported 50 or more. This skewed the results a bit, and excluding these results made the gender gap smaller, the researchers said.
Also, the gap was made smaller still when...
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